Latest resources

In this section you will find all the research, guidelines, data and resources that we have included in the LAHF newsletter. You can filter these by type of resource, or by theme using the tags on the right hand side of this page.

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New Once in a Lifetime briefing

Helen Thomas, Voluntary Arts’ Once in a Lifetime Project Officer, has written the fifth in a series of briefings on the cultural opportunities offered by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The briefing focuses on opportunities to get involved in the Cultural Olympiad and other London 2012 programmes by joining in with existing national projects or local activities.

DCMS report into the impact of culture funding

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has released a research report looking into the ways of measuring the social and economic impact of investments made into culture and sport. Looking at how such investment is measured internationally, the report suggests new techniques to evaluate the impact of cultural and sporting investments and suggests areas for future research.

Improving environments for care at end of life

A new publication  from the King’s Fund  which presents case studies that show how, even in the most uninspiring environments, it is possible to create welcoming spaces that provide value for money and can improve the quality of care and the patient experience.

The London Plan

The Mayor of London has published his new London Plan. The plan, which sets the overall strategic direction for London, focuses on key areas for the city’s development over the next two decades, including economic development; tackling climate change; housing; transport; and legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Youth Music Project and Events search

Find out what music projects and events are happening in your area by using the Youth Music search box. Use the advanced search to search by postcode, region, age range, or music type.

Organisers of music projects or events can also upload details to the website.



Volunteers, interns and the minimum wage

Updated official guidance has been produced on the Business Link website on the payment of the National Minimum Wage for work experience staff and interns. The web pages also cover volunteers and voluntary workers in relation to the minimum wage.

View the guidance at

Individual music therapy for depression: randomised controlled trial

A study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry reports that researchers in Finland have found that music therapy can be used to improve treatment of depression, at least in the short-term.

Supporting growth in the arts economy

Arts Council England has published Supporting growth in the arts economy, a think piece by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy that will inform policy around the arts and the creative economy.

Within the series of three papers, Tom Fleming and Andrew Erskine illustrate synergies between the arts and the creative economy and discuss suggestions for the Arts Council's approach.

Assessment of the impact of arts on learning

The Cultural Learning Alliance has published key findings demonstrating the impact of the arts on the social and educational achievements of children and young people. Amongst the findings, based on a review of all available large-scale English language data including from the US, are:

Norwegian study discovers evidence that culture may improve health

The aim of this study was to analyse the association between cultural activity and perceived health, anxiety, depression and satisfaction with life in both genders. The study is based on the third population-based Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (2006–2008), including 50,797 adult participants from Nord-Trøndelag County, Norway.

King’s Fund, Mental Health Conference presentations now available

Presentations from mental health experts at the King’s Fund’s recent conference exploring the role of mental health services in improving care for long-term conditions.

Includes an update on the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme and insights into the value of psychiatric liaison services.